Off-road four-wheeling is one of the greatest hobbies to engage in. There is something about not only building your 4×4 vehicle but also about taking it out on those rocky dirt roads or rugged terrain and seeing just what it can do! Along with all the joys of off-road four-wheeling comes all of the maintenance and repair issues that occur. While these repairs and maintenance are no drivers favorite part it all comes with the territory, or should we say terrain!
While there is plenty of off-road terrain to be found in the desert states such as Nevada, Arizona, and California as well as rockier states like Utah and Colorado the same holds true from all types of 4X4 vehicles, they all suffer from these common problems. Phoenix auto repair specialist, John goes into detail about what parts have the most issues and why,
Most Common Off-Road 4X4 Vehicle Repairs
While tires are an intricate part of any vehicle they are especially so for off-roading four-wheel-drive vehicles. Not only do you have to maintain the health and wellness of your tires for the best ride and the most important, safety precautions but also because your tires play a big role in the wear and tear of your suspension & steering components. Big tires & wheels have a negative effect on both of these components and are a supporting factor in the repair of these vital vehicle systems.
Speaking of your vehicle’s suspension, these parts tend to wear out after a lot of rocky, bumpy and pothole-filled terrain drives that are associated with off-road four-wheeling. Your suspension system components affected include the bigger parts such as the struts and shocks, as well as, the smaller pieces such as ends, bearings, tie-rods, and bushings. Repair or replacement needed of the smaller parts can also create issues with the bigger parts, so keep that in mind says, John.
These components are often thought of as a “weak” link. While there are different joints your front axle might have a very universal and commonly used one id the Single U-Joint. These joints are made with a lot of strength but after being utilized for extreme angles they tend to show wear-out and become weak needing replacement.
A very important part of any vehicle is its brake components. Making sure they are well maintained and cared for will help to ensure optimal safety when out off-roading. A lot of the time mud, dirt, and road-debris can tend to get sandwiched between the brake pads & the rotors wearing out your brakes at an increased rate, as well as decreasing their performance. Rocks also tend to harm your brake components by chewing up and wreaking havoc on your brake pad surfaces.
Seals are meant to keep things sealed. What happens when there is damage to your seals? The things you want to be kept in get out and the things you want to be kept out get in. Meaning the lubricant important for the function of your engine and vehicle can escape through broken seals and dirt and road-debris you need to keep out can also get in through these broken seals causing a doubly bad issue.
While it is safe to say that you will face one of these issues with your passion for off-roading the better you stay ahead of them or the speed in which you have them repaired will make all the difference in cost and the quality of your driving. If you aren’t able to make repairs yourself make sure that you have aligned yourself with a professional & experienced mechanic or repair shop to help ensure that your vehicle repairs are done right!